There are many ways you can prepare for your CSCS test, the important point to note is to actually do it!
- You can download the CITB: Op/Spec or CITB: MAP app from the App Store or Google Play. The apps offer revision packs and mock tests for you to complete.
- There is a range of material available from CITB, including videos, books, etc, check out the link for more information https://www.citb.co.uk/courses-and-qualifications/health-safety-and-environment-hse-test-and-cards/preparing-for-the-test/
- For those taking the Operatives test, you can attend a course at Raeburn Training. We run CSCS Preparation Courses every month. They are a tutor led session, which uses the app as an interactive teaching tool.
What to expect on the day?
The process is the same for first timers and those renewing their cards. You will be collected from reception and taken to our Internet Test Centre. Please be aware you will be under audio and video CCTV at all times in the Test centre. One of our invigilators will then carry out some registration tasks. This involves taking a copy of your ID, a couple of signatures and a photograph. All personal items, such as phones, smart watches, keys and coats will be placed in a secure locker. Your pockets must be empty.
Once all the candidates are registered, you will then commence the test. This is just like any exam – in silence and with a time limit. There is an optional 15-minute tutorial which can be taken before the test, which shows you how to answer the different styles of questions. You are not marked on your answers in the tutorial, it doesn’t matter if you choose the wrong answer. If you have revised using official CSCS books or app then you will be familiar with all the questions and with the format they are presented in.
Once you have completed your test, please sit quietly and wait for the other candidates to finish. Please do not turn around and watch other candidates screens while they finish. There is an optional 15-minute survey at the end of the test, all about your experience of the CSCS test and how you revised for it.
Your score report will print out automatically in our office. Once everyone has finished the test, you will be taken through one at a time to collect your score report and find out if you passed!
You can rebook to undertake the test again, bookings must allow for 72 hours between test slots.
If I pass, can I apply for my CSCS card?
You can apply for a CSCS card directly on the CITB website – https://www.cscs.uk.com/applying-for-cards/. In most cases, a qualification is also required to be uploaded along with the code from the test certificate.
Raeburn Training can help candidates with their CSCS green labourer card applications when they undertake their test and required training with us. We recommend that this training is undertaken before the test and if you are applying for a green labourer card, it is necessary to complete a H&S course prior to applying for a CSCS card each time, even if you have held a green card before.